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A 38-year-old female asked:

Which cholesterol is the good ones and which ones are the bad? ldl- vldl- hdl-triglycerides...

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Dr. Roberta Beals
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Non-hdl: Non-hdl is considered the worse of them all. Ldl and vldl can reflect the amount of non- HDL you have in your body. Hdl is protective and triglycerides are good if not above 150 fasting.
Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Never so simple: Traditionally we view LDL cholesterol as "bad" and HDL as "good. Vldl , LDL and HDL are particles or carriers that transport cholesterol and triglycerides. There really is no "good" or "bad" cholesterol. It is what happens to it and how it is transported that determines its fate. Hdl can be dysfunctional &ldl had many important properties. Bottom line is look at lipid panel in context of patient.

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